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Old 10-24-2004, 04:22 PM   #1
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Smoking Cannabis After Drug Addiction?

hi, i was just wondering what everyone's viewpoint is on smoking weed once you've gotten off an addictive substance...i've been off of vicodin for about three months, and the other night i smoked a little bit (not even enough to really get high.) i guess some in NA would consider this a lapse, but i think everyone's different and weed is not the same as purely addictive substances like opiates...lemme know whats poppin with this.

 
Old 10-24-2004, 05:53 PM   #2
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Question Re: Smoking Cannabis After Drug Addiction?

Weed is still a "mind altering" substance, which still means you are trying to "escape"....and you want that warm, fuzzy feeling that "we" all like so much. That is AA's and NA"S point of view and it would be considered a "relapse". The other experience I can share is that it will (could) lead back to the other "stuff" eventually. Why did you smoke it if you din't even smoke enough to get you high? If I am going to do something I want the "full" benefit from it!!! It's kinda like "doing the same thing expecting different results"!!!

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Old 10-24-2004, 06:23 PM   #3
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Re: Smoking Cannabis After Drug Addiction?

A drug is a drug.You cant substitute one for the other,thats 'cross addiction'.Anyway,Weed is still a drug,Please dont fool yourself into thinking that just b/c youre off of one drug that its OK to start another one.
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Old 10-24-2004, 07:03 PM   #4
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Re: Smoking Cannabis After Drug Addiction?

Sburch: It wasn't my choice; I wanted the "full effect" but it wasn't available (I only had a little bit leftover from a long time ago, and no money to get more). I know it alters your mind, but is any of this what you actually believe or have experienced, or is it just the dogma of NA/AA? Caffeine and tobacco are "mind-altering substances" as are chocolate, sugar and tea, so where does NA/AA stand on these substances?

Antisocial: I know that drugs are drugs, but I'm not trying to "substitute" cannabis for hydrocodone...I don't want to smoke every day, have my mind fixated on getting my next bag constantly, and be miserable whenever I can't find cannabis...I intend for it, if I use it, to be an occasional thing, only when I have no responsibilities to which to tend.

Get back to me fellas (also, if anyone out there does NOT participate in meetings, and can shed some light on the topic via personal experience, please do so).

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Old 10-24-2004, 07:18 PM   #5
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Re: Smoking Cannabis After Drug Addiction?

If you are waiting for someone to give you the answer you WANT. The answer you get will be much different. I used to be in search for the person who would tell me that whatever drug I was doing was okay. It's frustrating isent it?

I go to Meetings too, that's how I stay sober.
Good luck to you, I hope you get the help you need.

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Old 10-24-2004, 07:33 PM   #6
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Re: Smoking Cannabis After Drug Addiction?

Sarandipity: I'm looking for someone to give me an unbiased, informed answer reached by personal experience. I know that NA/AA meetings suggest NEVER taking ANY substance EVER for the rest of your life, and I could be wrong, but it seems a bit over-cautious. Certainly, while recovering from depression, anxiety, fatigue, etc., one should remain sober, but once your life is on track, is it really a failure if you smoke cannabis seldomly or drink a beer? Maybe for some people, one bowl or one beer will send them into full-fledged addiction, but surely that's not the case universally. I just want personal opinion, not NA/AA's standpoint, which has been made abundantly clear already. I'm 18 and attending a nice, private University...if I recover from my addiction and become a stable person and then go to a party and have a drink, I don't see that as utterly self-destructive or as purely addictive behavior, but I could be wrong.

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Old 10-24-2004, 07:41 PM   #7
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Re: Smoking Cannabis After Drug Addiction?

i can give you my opinion....
I DO smoke occasionally...it does help my appetite and with sleep. I don't feel it is substituting because it is something that i have always done. Every one is right though about substituting one drug for another...be very careful you are still very early in recovery.
I don't find it all that mind=altering and it certainly wouldn't alter my mind enough to relapse....but that is just me.
A lot of people in recovery feel that a drug is a drug....i think you should really try to abstain from any type of drug,,,, that is the best way to a healthy,normal life.
I wouldn't freak out about it, you smoked,just move on....
Congrats on 3 months clean by the way!!!!!
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Old 10-24-2004, 07:46 PM   #8
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Re: Smoking Cannabis After Drug Addiction?

Thanks Lisa...
You're right, I am early in recovery, and I'm not really dwelling on what I did. I think I shouldn't have smoked, but at least I didn't pop some vikes...my point is more about what I do once I'm really truly genuinely definately BETTER...when I feel like my old self, when I have all my energy and am doing new things...

Cannabis does alter my mind though, as far as I feel a lot more creative and tranquil on it, but it doesn't cloud my judgement to the point where I'd start using painkillers. Cannabis, for me, is fun when you're actively involved in life...Vikes, for me, were fun for withdrawing from life...but again, I could be wrong.

 
Old 10-24-2004, 07:47 PM   #9
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Re: Smoking Cannabis After Drug Addiction?

Are you an addict? There's 15% of addicts and alcoholics, and 85 % normies which can include hard core druggers and drinkers. An addict is a person who given suffencient reason to quit, still cannot.

I for one am definately an addict. I used to use x and dance and vomit, and take more x. I used rx pain meds more than prescribed. I have kids, I have a great job, I could not quit on my own. Am I making sense?

Anyway, I envy people who can drink or drug and know when to quit. There is a great book you should read, its called when medicine is dangerous. It has some really good biological facts about people with the disease of alcoholism and addiction.

I just got home from a 31 day rehab and it saved my life.

If you are on an addiction and recovery board, and you are an occasional weed smoker, I can see where people might get the wrong idea about you and you about them.
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Old 10-24-2004, 07:49 PM   #10
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Re: Smoking Cannabis After Drug Addiction?

Ya know i just read another post by you and it said that you DID in fact, have a previous problem w/weed....so why even ask...you know the answer....
Especially when you say that it gave you anxiety, you definitely don't want the weed to add to your anxiety.
You are so young...only 18....just try to enjoy life drug-free...give it some more time. Try to appreciate the little things in life...the fresh morning air, or a good tune on the radio...try to see things for what they are.
STay off ALL drugs....no weed, no coke, crack, heroin, pills, alcohol and anything else i mentioned. Keep yourself busy and stay away from "friends" that use....they will do nothing but bring you down.
I wish at 18, i had the chance to realize that i was an addict....
You have your whole life ahead of you...don't let it be fogged by drugs.
Keep me posted, i would love to help any other way i can...
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Old 10-24-2004, 08:06 PM   #11
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Lisa: you caught me lol. i did have a problem with weed, and (justification?) i smoked it during a bad bad time in my life...my concern is that weed did not ALWAYS give me anxiety, the first many many times i smoked i would simply get stoned (hard to describe, you know the feeling: munchies, heavy eyes, music = amazing, food = orgasmic). so basically, my theory (justification? lol) is that if i get my head straight and get my life on track, maybe I could just smoke a little weed and be responsible with it and have a good enough life not to let it control me...i used cannabis during good times, but more importantly/stupidly, during bad times (divorce in the family, alcoholism in the family, social isolation, etc.)...i would not say that weed gives me anxiety per say, so much as irresponsible use of it gives me anxiety...anyway, overall you're probably right, i should just learn to enjoy my life without chemicals, but i'm 18 and i don't think so clearly all the time, sometimes i just wanna blaze a fat one.

 
Old 10-24-2004, 08:14 PM   #12
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I belive what you do. i always have. " weed was differnt". Well let me tell you that i am trying to kick a meth habit now!!!!! it doesnt stay just weed. Trust me. I have tryed everyway possiable to smoke my bud. and i always end up with a glass pipe full of crystal. I have a bad problem and need help. i have been reading this site for over a month and never wrote anything. But your message just made me feel i had to share what i am going throught. My biggest problem is the cravings. Dont think you can smoke weed and everthing will be okay, at first it will be then without you knowing it,everything changes. for me i ended up in jail!!! {for 7 months}.
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Old 10-24-2004, 08:19 PM   #13
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Re: Smoking Cannabis After Drug Addiction?

Opiatekills. I can relate to you 100%. I am now 16 days clean and feeling much better, still early but very glad i took a step. My last relapse was with marijuana and then back to my drug of choice (vicodin). One my suppose id be against using marijuana during recovery, but it is still a undecided issue for me. Its a very controversial issue and i dont believe any answer is right nor wrong. You say you want to do it again once you are fully recovered and feeling normal once again, but these feelings might be a result of you wanting to smoke marijuana real bad. Oneday you might have a really big urge to smoke, and at that moment might feel calm and collected and confident and sure of yourself. Your giving yourself a window of opportunity for your addiction to reestablish itself by saying once everythings better and you have adequate clean time youi can do it again. Dont dwell on your small lapse, it happens to everybody and theres always something you can learn from a lapse or relapse, but what you have to do is really LEARN from it. I think its very smart of you to post on here and listen to opinions, because you know as well as i do that trusting your own judgement when it comes to these kinds of things is probably not a good idea for us addicts. Rationalization is the bigest aspect that will effect your judgement. Rationalizing that you feel good when you really dont "in order to smoke", along with many others that run through our silly heads on a daily basis. Most of this post is one sided and definatly shows you it probably isnt a good idea to smoke. On the other hand I am no expert and everybody is not the same. So one person might be able to smoke without relapsing to their drug of choice while others most definatly will. You have not experienced a relapse as of yet and dont have any personal experience with the issue so i understand the conflict that must be going on in your head. My undecidedness can also be a way for my addict brain to set myself up for another relapse. Us addicts are very complicated and it is very hard for us to understand ourselves, letalone others. We can make theorys and ideas, but there are no cleancut answers. To sum up my long and probably meaningless post, I wholeheartedly dont think smoking marijuana during recovery is a good idea at best. Keep it simple stupid ;-). Wish i could take that advice myself lol, babblin like a foo, makin things complicated, owell read my post and make your own judgement. Good topic, keep up the good work
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Old 10-24-2004, 08:26 PM   #14
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Hey buddy.

All NA/AA people will tell you the same rhetoric that has been programmed into their brain over and over.Oddly enough,very few of them have ever read their own book.They go to a lot of MEETINGS where they get a mix of new-age selfhelp principles mixed in with a buffet style menu of pick and choose philosophies.
The first 164 pages of the AA big book outlines a spiritual program of recovery,NOT a physical one e.g. they give No advice on NOT drinking,but actually reccomend it 3 times if you're unsure of your alcoholism.Most of the original 100 used benzo's and barbs as they did NOT think this was a slip...they were ALCOHOLICS.
Funny...when I was in rehab recently,it really rankled the staff that I wouldn't identify myself as an alcoholic.I drink periodically,never lose control,never really think about it,go months without it,but these idiots want me to take it as serious as my very REAL drug addiction.
This is the herd mentality current view on chemical problems...you guys are all the same....so why am I not in Sex anonymous or OA or gamblers anonymous...I must be all those too,right???

The truth is,we all have a little voice inside us that tells us the answers to these things.Sometimes we need to hear other peoples experience,advice...right or wrong,to make our own decisions...

I really think the PROGRAM of AA is a wonderful thing(the plan of action in the first 164 pages)...the fellowship,the meetings,their mantras and story telling........zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.......... .zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..........zzzzzzzzzzzzz z.............zzzzzzzzzzzzz............. ....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.............zzzzzzz zzzzzzz..........zzzzzzzzzz............z zzzzzzzzzzzz..............zzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzz..........zzzzzzzzz

pot is just that...it's freakin' pot. I wish I could still smoke it...maybe I wouldn't have turned into a real addict.

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Old 10-24-2004, 08:27 PM   #15
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Re: Smoking Cannabis After Drug Addiction?

please keep posting, this is interesting and i think it's important not only to me but to many many others out there, because weed often holds the connotation of being unlike the rest of drugs...glad to hear your responses.

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